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Is the glass half empty? Or is it half full?

How many TV advertisements have you seen and thought, come on now. Am I really going to lose 10kg in a month by standing on a vibrating board. Will I really have the best sleep of my life on that fancy pillow?


Perhaps you buy the product and give it a try. It might not be what you expected, but you may find there’s things you really enjoy about the product that you didn’t expect to like.

When considering a new product that seems a bit too good to be true, I think the best way to approach it is with a glass half empty/full philosophy.


What have I got to lose if I try this product. Well, I may have a terrible sleep, and I’ve lost the $49.95 I spent on the pillow. I know now that I don’t like the pillow and I have a better appreciation for the qualities of my current pillow.


Alternatively, it may actually be the best pillow you’ve ever slept on. In 20 years you haven’t slept so soundly. You love it so much that you buy it for your friend, your mother and your neighbour. What a great pillow!


The decision needs to be made – is what you have to lose more then what you have to gain.

When it comes to hypnobirthing, I find people quickly decide it sounds too good to be true. Perhaps you can’t see the value in the investment of money and time. There are plenty of things we come across in life that seem to provide quick results with little effort – some of these things we decide sure, I’ll give it a go, what have I got to lose. Others we decided we couldn’t be bothered or it’s not worth the investment.


With hypnobirthing, I feel that what you have to lose, is far less then what you have to gain. The knowledge you will gain from the course is up to date, evidence based and written in a way that is easy to understand. You learn many techniques, some you will use, some you may not however you will have a whole range of different techniques to try.


Your birth partner will be involved in the birth as much as you are. In my experience as a midwife, I’ve seen dad’s that feel helpless… if they could just help their partners in some way. With hypnobirthing they get the opportunity.


Birth matters. It really does. If it matters to your lady, it should matter to you. It’s vital that she feels important, supported and special – it’s her birthing day. The day she meets her baby.


But what if it doesn’t work for me? What if I go crazy and ask for an epidural. You know what? That’s ok! Are you making the best decision for you, your baby and your birth partner? That’s the idea of hypnobirthing. Nothing ‘goes to waste’ with hypnobirthing. If you plan for a water birth and decide on the day that you want an epidural – that’s ok. Maybe you’re prepared for your birth in the shower and you’re rushed for an emergency caesarean. That’s ok. You have not failed hypnobirthing, in fact you cannot fail hypnobirthing. The purpose of hypnobirthing is to assist you in achieving calm and positive birthing. The ‘plan’ may deviate on the day, and that’s ok because hypnobirthing prepares you for that. A popular affirmation used is “I am calmly prepared to meet whatever turn my birthing takes”. Things rarely go to plan in life, but you can be assured that you will be educated and ready to take on anything that comes to you during your birthing day. When we know more, we can do more.


Hypnobirthing is an investment – of time, of money and of trust. It’s an investment that I made, and it has had a profound effect on my life. Perhaps you could take a leap of faith too… after all, what have you got to lose?


If you would like to enquire, or if you would like a free information session to find out more at a time and place that suits you please contact me!


Steph


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